Friday, February 25, 2011

Great Barrier Island

From Tutukaka (yes, that's it's real name), we motored down to Great Barrier Island.  It's a large, mountainous island, with many protected anchorages, for any weather direction.  It's sparsely populated, with many tracks (hiking trails).  We anchored in Smokehouse Bay.  Some local residents had prepared a landing for vacationing boaties, to bath, do laundry and smoke fish.  It was really charming.  A few years ago, few landslide damaged it, but volunteers restored it to it's former glory.
Bathhouse at Smokehouse Bay

There's a wood burning stove to heat the bath water.

The next day was Valentines Day, so we opened a surprisingly good bottle of New Zealand sparkling (wine).  Even the French cruisers like it!  We must get some more.

Welcoming Committee
 The next day was blustery, with 15-25kts of breeze on a broad reach, we had the best sail of the trip past the nature reserve island Tiritiri Gulf Harbour marina, on the Whangaparoa pennisula,  This is not far from our friend Mike's house, so he came down to the boat for dinner.  It was good to catch up again for the first time since we returned from America.

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